From the boom of the 80s and 90s and overcapacity in the noughties to plenty of firsts for The VEKA UK Group, Sales and Marketing Director Colin Torley marks his 25th Anniversary with VEKA
As Europe's largest recycler of PVC-U windows, the VEKA Recycling Group doesn't rest on its laurels, and has unveiled exciting plans to open new collection depots in every major city in the UK.
At the end of 2012, industry leader VEKA ran a series of regional CE Marking roadshows, which were followed by the supply of guidance documents and templates in January, to help make life easier for VEKA and Halo fabricators and installers to get CE ready.
VEKA sends £500 to Comic Relief in return for five installation images.
Introducing The VEKA UK Group
Following a large scale aquistion by VEKA plc during its 25th anniversary year of manufacturing in the UK, the newly formed VEKA UK Group now stands as the industry's most powerful force and the UK's largest manufacturer of PVC-U profile. The VEKA UK Group now compromises VEKA plc, Network VEKA, VEKA Recycling, Halo, Bowater Doors, Bowater Architectural and Bowater Projects.
All around the world, for over four decades, the name of VEKA has come to stand for the very best in PVC window profile systems for the construction, refurbishment and home improvement industries.
VEKA products such as the Matrix 58, 70 and the fully sculptured Matrix FS systems for double glazed window frames, the Composite Door System and more recently the Fully Reversible and Vertical Sliding Sash windows and Inline Sliding Patio Doors have each set new standards by which others are measured.
VEKA PVC window systems have proved their worth in some of the world’s largest and most prestigious construction and refurbishment projects as well as literally millions of homes.
VEKA plc’s renown for product excellence is matched by an unsurpassed reputation for technical, professional and marketing support that has made it the first choice of fabricators, specifiers and architects everywhere.
VEKA Group is also at the forefront of environmental issues, from the world’s first purpose-built PVC-U recycling plant to the UK’s first ever BFRC ‘A’ Rated PVC window for superior heat retention as well as the first fully reinforced double glazed window to gain the ‘A’ Rating.
VEKA Group is a world-leader in recycling old PVC windows and was the first systems company in the world to have its own purpose-built ‘Closed-Loop’ recycling plant – that produces recycled material so pure it can be put straight back to make new double glazing window profile, not lower grade products such as drainage pipes as with some less sophisticated processes. This means the same material could theoretically be used many times over, giving literally centuries of service with no further depletion of the Earth’s resources and no more fossil fuel spent creating new PVC-U polymer.
This ‘Umwelttechnik’ plant, at Behringen in Germany has the capacity to
process 50,000 tonnes of ‘post-consumer’ PVC windows a year, including
glass, metal and gasket material as well as PVC-U. Supporting this in the
UK is the VEKA Recycling plant in Kent which puts every part of an old
window through primary processing before being sent to Germany for full
The company actively promotes recycling among all of its customers and encourages them to return both old double glazed window frames – whether they were originally made from VEKA or any other system – and also off-cuts and manufacturing waste from fabricators. Currently VEKA Recycling processes annually over 12,000 tonnes of material that would otherwise be clogging up landfill sites, with all the damage to the environment, not to mention the financial penalty of local landfill taxes.
Also on the environmental front, VEKA was among the first system suppliers in the UK to switch to using only calcium organic stabilisers in all of its products instead of more contentious stabilisers such as lead.
Every VEKA product is not only rigorously tested in the company’s own labs…samples are also put through punishing extremes of temperature for long periods high in the Swiss Alps and in the searing heat of the Nevada Desert. This means every customer anywhere in the world, as well as Britain and Ireland, can be sure that all the PVC window systems are tough enough to take on any weather they are likely to face.
Ongoing investment in plant, people and technology – including a £9million state-of-the-art warehousing and distribution facility – have endorsed VEKA plc’s long-term commitment to the UK double glazed windows market, its customers, partners, suppliers and end-users. Based at Burnley in Lancashire, VEKA plc has been a contributor to the economy of the area since 1986 when it first set up with just 30 staff operating from a modest 30,000 square foot factory.
Working alongside VEKA is Network VEKA, [NV link] a dedicated group of independent VEKA fabricators and double glazing installers committed to raising the standards of quality and integrity in an industry too often better known for the excesses of its worst operators. It was founded in 1996 by a few fabricators and installers who realised that they would earn the trust of homeowners if they could uphold the strict high standards of quality, training and guarantees that the organisation is now well-known for. Nearly 140 companies of all sizes now work the Network VEKA way, carrying out annually around 16,000 installations throughout Britain and Ireland to a collective value of over £65million – and enjoying an Average Installation value that remains significantly higher than the industry average.
VEKA has been a major force in the PVC window industry for almost as long as the material has been used in as a frame material. From its origins in Germany, where the technology was first developed, the VEKA Group now spans the world with 17 factories across Europe, Asia, America and Russia, including Umwelttechnik and the VEKA Recycling plant in Kent.
VEKA needs no introduction to anyone in the world of the double glazing windows and UPVC door systems, patio sliding doors, PVC patio doors and double doors. From almost the first window profiles to the most sophisticated recent developments such as the highly advanced new sliding patio doors and UPVC door, VEKA has remained one of the most trusted names in the industry for nearly 40 years with a growing product range .
VEKA is one of the country’s most popular system suppliers with a growing number of trade fabricators, each putting VEKA quality at the heart of its upvc windows, upvc conservatories, PVC patio doors, window canopy and other products for double glazing installers and commercial customers everywhere. VEKA products are well known in many home improvement areas including the window, UPVC doors sectors as well as sliding patio doors. PVC-U may be best-known for windows but the same technology can be equally applied to other products such as PVC patio doors and more recently the French-style double doors.
Double doors, with their conventional opening rather than the more familiar patio sliding doors have found a sizeable niche in recent times, especially in more traditional or classical settings. However, patio sliding doors remain a firm favourite.
Successful fabricators and installers know the crucial importance of a good reputation. VEKA trade clients are able to offer their customers the best products created from the very best materials, all backed up by VEKA's worldwide reputation for quality and professionalism.
For many years, VEKA products have been the first choice of public and commercial specifiers and architects in many of the largest and most prestigious projects in the country. VEKA systems are specified worldwide in some of the most demanding locations.